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depend

[dih-pend] /dɪˈpɛnd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to rely; place trust (usually followed by on or upon):
You may depend on the accuracy of the report.
2.
to rely for support, maintenance, help, etc. (usually followed by on or upon):
Children depend on their parents.
3.
to be conditioned or contingent (usually followed by on or upon):
His success here depends upon effort and ability.
4.
to be undetermined or pending:
I may go to Europe or I may not, it all depends.
5.
Grammar. (of a word or other linguistic form) to be subordinate to another linguistic form in the same construction; to form a part of a construction other than the head.
6.
to hang down; be suspended (usually followed by from):
The chandelier depends from the ceiling of the ballroom.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English dependen < Old French dependre < Latin dēpendere to hang down, equivalent to dē- de- + pendere to hang
Related forms
interdepend, verb (used without object)
redepend, verb (used without object)
self-depending, adjective
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  • More than half of humanity depends on mountains for water.
  • The size of the book depends on the size and thickness of the paper you choose.
  • But success depends much on each area's microclimate.
  • The best time to plant annuals depends on the specific plant and your climate.
  • The outside texture of the pancake depends on the surface of the griddle or pan and how much oil you use.
  • How well commercially grown cut herbs will keep also depends on when they were cut and how they have been handled since then.
  • What sweet potato you choose depends on what you're cooking.
  • The degree to which impermeability is a problem depends on the location of the pavement.
  • Whether or not they have big combs depends on their variety, not on their gender.
  • In keeping the minutes, much depends upon the kind of meeting, and whether the minutes are to be published.
British Dictionary definitions for depends

depend

/dɪˈpɛnd/
verb (intransitive)
1.
foll by on or upon. to put trust (in); rely (on); be sure (of)
2.
usually foll by on or upon; often with it as subject. to be influenced or determined (by); be resultant (from): whether you come or not depends on what father says, it all depends on you
3.
foll by on or upon. to rely (on) for income, support, etc
4.
(foll by from) (rare) to hang down; be suspended
5.
to be undecided or pending
Word Origin
C15: from Old French dependre, from Latin dēpendēre to hang from, from de- + pendēre to hang
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Word Origin and History for depends

depend

v.

early 15c., "to be attached to as a condition or cause," a figurative use, from Middle French dependre, literally "to hang from, hang down," from Latin dependere "to hang from, hang down; be dependent on, be derived," from de- "from, down" (see de-) + pendere "to hang, be suspended" (see pendant). Related: Depended; depending.

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